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Redskins clinch playoff spot with win over Cowboys

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on December 31, 2007


Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. — Even the margin of victory reminded the playoff-bound Washington Redskins of Sean Taylor.

“I was on the sideline and guys were talking about the score, and then it hit me — we won by 21,” veteran left tackle Chris Samuels said. “I came in the locker room and I yelled it out, and immediately I just kind of broke down in tears. Because I miss Sean, you know.”

From disarray and heartache to confidence and dominance, the Redskins will enter the playoffs as the hottest team in the NFC after Sunday’s 27-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

And with the hottest quarterback. And maybe the hottest running back. And with a defense coming off a game in which it allowed exactly 1 yard rushing.

And, perhaps most importantly, on a mission for the teammate who wore No. 21. It’s been four weeks since the Redskins attended the funeral of their best defensive player, and they haven’t lost since.

“Win for Sean” was as strong Sunday as it was when the four-game winning streak began Dec. 6, reinforced by everything from the fiery speech given by kick returner Rock Cartwright on the field before the game to the white “21” on the front of the black baseball cap worn by coach Joe Gibbs at his postgame news conference.

“Play for the guy who’s on your jersey — the guy who’s not here, who should be here,” Cartwright said he told his teammates. “We know how he played the game. That’s why I think guys came out and played so hard.”

Hail to the Redskins! It’s good to back in the playoffs!

Read more about the triumphant Skins here…

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  1. Patrick Truax said, on December 31, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Congratulations, Washington! Its been a hell of a ride this season!


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